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Scabies, infectious skin disease caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows under the skin, often of the hands or feet; it causes an intensely itchy skin condition that is partly due to allergy to the mite. The disease is spread through contact. Treatment is with ointments.

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